Just as she was looking forward to a new chapter in her life as one of the Sammy the Bearkat mascots at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville in the fall, Molly Millsap, 2013 Sulphur Springs High School graduate, was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis — the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein, predominantly in the legs — and has spent more than 20 days in the hospital.
The former Wally the Wildcat mascot for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats and 2012 Dairy Festival queen is currently a patient in Children’s Hospital in Dallas, where she’s undergone three surgeries to clear out large blood clots in both legs.
Molly’s mother, Sherril, is a teacher’s aide at Bowie Primary. She also works part-time in the circulation department of The Sulphur Springs News-Telegram.
Molly works as a server at Twisted S Steak House.
Friends of Molly Millsap have organized several fundraisers to help defray her medical costs. Prizes include an iPad; two tickets to the Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins football game on Oct. 13, courtesy of Frost Bank and City National Bank; four tickets to the Rangers baseball game, Sept. 13, courtesy of Texas Independent Bank and City National Bank; Ultimate Escape Spa Day at Belle Amie, including massage, facial, pedicure and manicure, and a $100 gift certificate at Twisted S Steak House; a $500 gift certificate to Walmart, courtesy of Hopkins County Dairy Festival Board of Directors; and a four-man, half-day quail hunt with lunch, courtesy Hidden Lakes Hunting Resort and Nor-Tex tractor.
Raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10.
The drawing will be held prior to the Wildcat football game Aug. 30. It is not necessary to be present to win.
Tickets are on sale at the following locations: Farmers Market on the Square Saturday, Aug. 17 and 24; SSISD orientation, Monday, Aug. 19; Sweet Frog “Molly Monday,” Aug. 19; Muddy Jake’s “Molly Day,” Tuesday, Aug. 20; Twisted S Steak House “Molly Night,” Thursday, Aug. 22; City National Bank. Aug. 19-30; Guaranty Bond Bank, Aug. 19-30; Alliance Bank. Aug. 19-30; and the Wildcat Booster Club.
Sweet Frog, Muddy Jake’s and Twisted S Steak House will be donating a portion of their sales on dates listed above.
In addition to the raffle and special days for Millsap, Rock Creek Health and Rehabilitation will host a “Mollypalooza” dinner and bake sale, Monday, Sept. 9 from 5:30 p.m. to whenever the food runs out. Tickets are $5 per person. The event is sponsored by Vibrant Home Health, Rock Creek Health and Rehabilitation and Heart’s Way Hospice. Anyone interested in offering items for the bake sale, contact Crissy Kuiper at 903-440-1389.
“We Support Molly” T-shirts are available at Just Country, 1317 Industrial Drive West, for $15 for sizes youth small, medium and large and adult small, medium and large. The price is $18 for adult extra-large, 2XL and 3XL.
Just Country will also stock Molly yard signs. The cost for the signs, available after Sunday, is $20.
An account has been set up for Millsap at Alliance Bank.
A “Run for Molly” is also in the planning stages.
"When it was brought to my attention that all this was taking place it brought tears to my eyes,” said Sherill. “I never realized how much my hometown could have such love for my daughter, Molly, and me. Words cannot express all the gratitude we feel for all the hard work that is being done towards all the fundraisers. I have told Molly all through this that ‘God is in control — to let go and let God work.’ Thank you so much to Sulphur Springs for all the love and concern that is being shown us."
For additional information, contact Sam Johnson at 903-439-7676 or Debbie Hildenbrand at 903-488-9890.
“If you’re interested in holding a fundrasier for Molly, please contact Debbie Hildenbrand,” said Amy Harden, one of the organizers. “There has been such an ourpouring of support from the Sulphur Springs community that Debbie has been asked by ‘Friends of Molly’ to act as a central contact person. She’s keeping a master list of all fundraisers. She’ll also contact media outlets and provide them with information regarding your event.”
You can also find information on Facebook at the “Wildcats Support Molly” page.
“All that everyone is doing is breathtaking,” Molly said from her hospital room. “It leaves me speechless. As Dairy Festival queen, I just wanted to give back to the community. Never did I expect a situation where they'd turn around and give back to help me through my obstacles. It's just awesome. There is no other way to explain it."
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